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Bachmann Model Trains in Europe

Henry G.Bachmann Immigrated from German to America and took over a company that manufactured products made from horn, ivory and tortoise shell. They obtained Model trains from The Kader Company, the exporters of models and toys. The initial product range was the Branchline series that consisted moulds used to produce the Mainline range.

In 1992, Bachmann Industries (Europe) purchased a continental manufacturer named Liliput and established an office to handle product development, marketing and sales for the Liliput. The Kader Group is now one of the largest known manufacturers of the model trains. Ever since, Bachmann Branchline is strived to bring in the finest OO scale British locomotives and rolling stock.

Bachmann Europe also distributes many other of the essential items that is required by the collector to display his model railway collection. They are the agents for Bachmann American outline products in various scales such as N, O, HO and G and the Bachmann China HO scale. The outdoor railway systems like track, locos and control equipment are obtained from Aristrocrat Garden Railways and the Scenics and DPM buildings are from Woodland Scenics and Scenecraft. Brassworks supply O and 1 Gauge, and the Color corrected Hobby lighting is supplied by OTT-LITE technology. The company is an authorized agent of Liliput HO and HOe scale European models. Under the brandname The Intertrans, the company imports its own range of vehicles.

Bachmann has its own digital command control system for the locomotives and railway models, with a toggle style joystick and 10 function buttons. The controls can be activated for selection of locomotive, operation of sounds and lighting, decoders for points and accessories, etc. Three additional wireless controllers can be attached to the digital command control, and the unit complies to the NMRA standards.

The latest range of intricately detailed models, called Bachmann Blue Riband Range, was introduced in the year 1998, when The Kader Company celebrated its 50 years of existence. The company has come up with latest versions of the Branchline series, too. The Twin Double Deck Car has a close coupling system, highly detailed underside equipment, etched hinged bridging plates and articulated axle boxes. The top deck can be raised or lowered as required. A new 2-car unit model comes with full underfloor equipment and illuminated train headcode panel with internal lighting.

The steel High sided wagons have door securing chains, elaborate chassis and can be used with the steam and diesel train models. The Class 105 DMU has the same old windows from one of the earlier models, but the bodywork detail and the elaborate underframe detail matches the prototypes. They also have separate etched tablet cathcer pads, 8 pin DCC sockets with directional and interior lighting fitted as standard. The Winsdor Castle, the locomotive named by The Queen, has individual numbers, full colour Bachmann certificate.

The Graham Farish series has an addition to its collection, namely the Class 3MT Tank, in the N scale. There are 3 variants of this series and have finely detailed external components and come with accessories like head code discs, brake-rods and others.

All the models, whether past or present can be pre-ordered or purchased from the local stockist in the United Kingdom. The website has railway clubs listed and one can join any or list their own. Various details about getting started with the hobby of collecting rail models are available and news and events are also published.

Factors Propelling Growth of Indian Construction Equipment Segment

The long-term potential for India’s construction equipment market seems to be very significant. Let’s look at the factors which will make a difference…

If the numbers are any truth, then the Earthmoving and Construction Equipment market in India is expected to grow by 20 to 25 percent over the next few years to reach 330,000 to 450,000 units sold in 2020, from current levels of about 76,000 units. This would mean $16 billion to $21 billion market, up from today’s $3 billion. Further, the sector is expected to be dominated by backhoe loaders, but broad-based growth is expected across products, with each segment expected to see double-digit growth. Thus, the construction equipment companies in India have all the reason to say Cheers!

Factors in the favour of growth of this equipment segment

Here is a list of six factors that will propel the industry forward in future:

· Demand from end-user industries: Demand from end users will continue to rise as a result of increased use of this equipment in traditional end-user industries, including construction and mining.

· Higher adoption in traditional applications: Increased use of this equipment in traditional applications such as digging and soil loading so as to increase the speed will propel the growth of the segment.

· Demand from new applicatio­­­­ns: Demand for this applications is also expected to grow in new segments such as agriculture which traditionally faced issued like lack of access.

· Growing urbanisation: Urbanisation will also drive the demand for construction activities and in turn this equipment segment so as to meet residential, commercial and infrastructure development needs.

· Increased affordability. New players entering the market will make competition stiffer, thereby, making this machine more affordable. This trend is supposed to deepen the markets to cover users with the machine needs and previously low access.

· Better availability of financing. More financing of this equipment will create wider use by encouraging users to opt for these machines.

Future challenges on the way

· Availability of skilled manpower: As the construction equipment industry will grow, the need for trained operators and mechanics will increase proportionately and this is likely to be a challenge for construction equipment companies in India.

· Stiff competition: The emergence of new construction equipment players in the coming years will make the competition stiff.

· Need for innovative solutions: With growing awareness, end-users will demand world-class technology for better fuel efficiency, higher productivity and profitability, thus, this equipment manufacturers will have to come up with innovative solutions to meet customer expectations.

· Resale of used equipment will be difficult: Since, the secondary market for used this equipment is not fully developed in India, the resale of used equipment will be a challenge for the construction equipment manufacturers in the country.

Despite these few challenges, the long-term potential for India’s this equipment market seems to be very significant due to various factors propelling the growth of the segment. Foreseeing large construction activities underway, the construction equipment industry is set to see a boom in coming days. Construction of highways, railways, bridges, ports, residential and commercial building seems to be on the cards of the government and private players and hence, the construction equipment industry is expected to remain bullish about the long-term prospects.

Material Handling Solutions For Budget-Minded Manufacturers

When the industry trade group Robotic Industries Association (RIA) released North American order figures last month, material handling robot applications made an impressive showing, with a 51% gain in units ordered over last year’s numbers. In a press release touting these figures, the president of the association said, “Material handling continues to be the largest application area for robots, so this big jump in the first half of the year is excellent news.”

He went on to note that “material handling robot sales will likely get a further boost when RIA collocates its Automate 2011 trade show (formerly International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show), with ProMat, a leading trade show for the material handling and logistics industries sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America”.

There’s a reason why these robotic devices have soared to new heights of demand. That’s because there’s no question that they can make moving inventory down, on or off the assembly line easier, more efficient and less error prone. Unfortunately, they can also be quite expensive. As a result, small and mid-size companies often can’t justify the cost. To their good fortune, a variety of cost-effective alternatives exist.

A consultation with an expert in ergonomic and material handling equipment can help you find the solution that is right for your needs, thereby improving your safety, efficiency and bottom line. What’s more, the wide array of solutions such an expert offers come with a complete range of services included in their purchase price, like:

  • process evaluation and analysis to determine the right equipment
  • engineering and design
  • project management
  • startup assistance and training
  • complete installation and service

So what are some of the material handling options available to budget-minded manufacturers?

  1. Manipulators and ergonomic lifters – These standard and custom lift assist machines come in electrical, self powered mechanical, compressed air and battery powered varieties and can robotically simulate the human arm, hand or wrist. A full range of attachments (standard hooks, electromagnets and core grips, as well as pneumatic clamps or vacuum) make them even more versatile.
  2. Conveyors and systems integration – The proper integration and application of equipment, logic and controls for the specific task can simplify order assembly, distribution sorting and manufacturing line product assembly.
  3. Custom fabrication and design – Choose from among a selection of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cast, sheet metal to structural steel.
  4. Stainless steel equipment – Such equipment can be integrated with process equipment, manipulators and custom grab fixtures, conveyors, carts, work benches, cabinets and casters.
  5. Mezzanine and mezzanine lifts – designed to satisfy your need for additional space by maximizing the use of existing areas. As a result, you can increase your usable floor space without the expense of modifying the building layout or moving into a larger facility.
  6. Hoists and cranes – A material handling expert designs, manufactures, installs and services bridge cranes, jib cranes, monorails and runway systems, offering you a one-stop solution to your overhead material handling requirements.